Smach Z gaming laptop PC becomes another uplifting tale
There’s no shortage of gaming handhelds today running a full Windows 10 operating system, at least if you know where to look. From GPD WIN 3 to AYA Neo to the new ONEXPLAYER, there are now a few choices to take your PC games with you on the go. In 2014, however, this idea was revolutionary and a small team tried to make it happen before everyone else. Of course, the Smach Z went through the crowdfunding route and although it was successfully funded it has now become another anecdote about how these dreams not only fail but rob people of their money as well. hard earned.
The way he started may have already foreshadowed his destiny. First launched as SteamBoy due to its original intention to be a portable steam engine, the project was forced to change its name to “Smach Zero” and then finally to “Smach Z”. He managed to get the project funded on Kickstarter, and for a while, it looks like his troubled beginnings are finally behind.
This was only the beginning, however. The project would encounter several issues and changes, including the very processor change it had promised on Kickstarter. It would still be an AMD-based on-board system but its capabilities got less and less impressive with each update.
Smach Z would also remain silent for long periods of time and suddenly come to life briefly with a new update. Sadly, the last one, a Smach Forums post that was posted to Reddit for the public to see, is perhaps the worst. In short, the startup behind Smach Z will have to file for bankruptcy after losing its main investor. In other words, the Smach Z is unlikely to ship, and backers are unlikely to get even a fraction of a refund.
If the Smach Z had already shipped, it would have been easily outclassed by WIN 3 and ONEXPLAYER GPDs anyway, certainly not worth the $ 600 backers paid 5 years ago. Crowdfunding is always a risky investment and this incident once again shows how even the most successful campaigns can end up failing.